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MGM+ Series Godfather of Harlem Adds Emmy® Award-Winning Actor Rome Flynn as Recurring Guest Star

MGM+ Series Godfather of Harlem Adds Emmy® Award-Winning Actor Rome Flynn as Recurring Guest Star

LOS ANGELES—May 28, 2024—Today, premium network MGM+ announced the casting of Emmy® award-winning actor Rome Flynn (With Love, Fantasy Football, How To Get Away With Murder) as a recurring guest star to the upcoming fourth season of Godfather of Harlem. Flynn will portray Frank Lucas; a country boy from North Carolina who ventured to Harlem and, after initial friction with gangster Bumpy Johnson, eventually rose to become Bumpy’s fierce defender and right-hand man. Denzel Washington depicted Lucas in the movieAmerican Gangster, but in Godfather of Harlem, his story begins ten years earlier than in the film. From Chris Brancato, creator of Narcos and Hotel Cocaine, Season 4 of Godfather of Harlem will also see the return of Ilfenesh Hadera, Lucy Fry, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Erik LaRay Harvey, among others. The first three seasons are available to stream on MGM+.

“When I saw Rome’s audition, I immediately knew we’d found our man – equal parts charming and ruthless, savvy and suave. Rome is a wonderful actor who can go toe-to-toe with Forest Whitaker and our other great performers.”Chris Brancato, Executive Producer

In Season 4 of Godfather of Harlem, Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker) continues his bloody war for control of Harlem against New York’s Mafia families, while contending with the emergence of a potential rival in newly arrived Black gangster Frank Lucas (Flynn). After Malcolm X’s (Jason Alan Carvell) tragic death, Bumpy must also grapple with his daughter Elise’s (Antoinette Crowe-Legacy) involvement with the Black Panthers.

“I’m filled with gratitude! Thrilled to be a part of the Godfather of Harlem universe and breathe new life into the legend of Frank Lucas. I have so much admiration for Forest Whitaker. Working opposite of him, being led by the brilliant creator Chris Brancato, is truly a gift. An actor’s dream.”Rome Flynn; Portraying Frank Lucas

Flynn is represented by Greene Talent, Weiner Management, imPRint, and Meyer & Downs.

Produced by ABC Signature, the series is executive produced by Chris Brancato, Paul Eckstein, Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, James Acheson, Markuann Smith, and Ray Quinlan. Michael Panes and Stephen Schiff serve as writing executive producers, and Swizz Beatz serves as executive music producer.

About MGM+:

MGM+, an Amazon company, is a premium linear channel and streaming service delivering a

broad lineup of exclusive original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises—all available in the U.S. on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. MGM+ is a destination for premium content, with original series including sci-fi horror series FROM; Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem; the Western adventure Billy the Kid, the anticipated new series Hotel Cocaine and Emperor of Ocean Park, the limited series A Spy Among Friends, and cinematic dramatic series Rogue Heroes, War of the Worlds, and Beacon 23. The network is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including the critically acclaimed In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons. Premium movies are also available, including Top Gun: Maverick, Beekeeper, Boys in the Boat, American Fiction and Mean Girls.

MGM+ is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, digital distribution channels and the MGM+ app. For more information about the current MGM+ lineup, go to or follow us on X, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.

About ABC Signature:

One of the Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature produces many of ABC Entertainment’s most significant hits, including Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19; co-productions The Good Doctor, The Rookie, and late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC Signature’s series include grown-ish for Freeform; Godfather of Harlem for MGM+; Bad Sisters for Apple TV+; Criminal Minds: Evolution for Paramount+; Reasonable Doubt, UnPrisoned, and Under The Bridge for Hulu; and upcoming High Potential for ABC.

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